Saturday 26 October 2019

Do you see the road-signs?

Last week I wrote about the fact that the way comes before life. It does that because God shows his grace by revealing himself in the miracle of the extravagance of life on our planet. Any other explanation to this miraculous life than a great Creator, seems illogical, and when a person tries to find out more, he ventures on a spiritual journey – the way towards the life-giver.

With regard to last week’s blog, I also wrote about ‘ducks as substitutes for missing road-signs’

That a ‘road-sign’ is missing in Eastern Europe, does not mean that there never was one. The steel in the road-signs make good blades for ‘tools’ needed on the fields.

The ruler of this world has a strong motivation to remove spiritual ‘road-signs’. Therefore, God has issued human beings with a kind of compass or a GPS. Paul describes this ‘compass’ like this:

Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.
Romans 2:14-15
So even when there are no ‘road-signs’, the conscience can help us to separate right from wrong. So this is another testimony from the ‘nature’ – this time the human nature.

C.S. Lewis rejected God because of all the evil in this world. Then he asked himself: “How can I distinguish between good and evil?” – This took him on the journey to finding life in Christ, and made him one of the best apologists of the last century.

James F. Engel has made a scale of the way from having no awareness of God to becoming a mature Christian. It can be helpful to understand the journey most of us are on (1). It illustrates very well the way we have to go before conversion – and after.

However, the sooner a human being starts on this way, the more likely it is that traveling on it may be easier. At least that was how Solomon viewed it, and I leave it to him to give us the

‘Manna’ for today:

Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it. (2)
(1) Here is a short video in English explaining The Engel Scale
(2) Proverbs 22:6

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